Imagine looking up at the sky and seeing what looks like an airplane, but when you take a second look, it doesn’t look like a traditional airplane at all. That’s because it’s not a traditional airplane with a long body, wings on either side, and a tail. Instead, it’s V-shaped and passengers sit in the wings of the airplane. If you think we’re pulling your leg, we’re not! What’s being called a “Flying-V” is being designed by Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and carrier KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is supporting its endeavors. Why this airplane? Yes, it’s different, but that’s not the reason why it’s getting so much attention. The Flying-V is going to be more aerodynamic and thus use twenty percent less fuel than traditional planes—a big plus for the airline industry and the environment. But the Flying-V isn’t the only innovative idea out there that’s shaking up the aviation industry. NASA and Boeing are teaming up to add an element to the wings of a plane that could allow them to fly more than sixty-miles per hour faster than they do now. Uber, the ride-hailing company is working on a flying taxi. Whatever the future holds in aviation technology, one thing’s for sure, the way we travel will change. We’re excited! Are you?
Interesting Fact: The Flying-V was inspired by a guitar called the Gibson Flying V.
If you could design an airplane, what would it look like?